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ˌkɒn əˈteɪ ʃəncon·no·ta·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. intension, connotationnoun

    what you must know in order to determine the reference of an expression

  2. connotationnoun

    an idea that is implied or suggested

GCIDE

  1. Connotationnoun

    a meaning implied but not explicitly denoted by some word or expression, which may be understood in addition to the explicit primary meaning.

    Etymology: [Cf. F. connotation.]

  2. Connotationnoun

    (Logic) the full set of necessary properties possessed by all the objects within the extension of a term; the intensional meaning of a term, which determines the objects to which the term applies; the intension of a term.

    Etymology: [Cf. F. connotation.]

Wiktionary

  1. connotationnoun

    A meaning of a word or phrase that is suggested or implied, as opposed to a denotation, or literal meaning. A characteristic of words or phrases, or of the contexts that words and phrases are used in.

    The connotations of the phrase "you are a dog" are that you are physically unattractive or morally reprehensible, not that you are a canine.

  2. connotationnoun

    A technical term in logic used by J. S. Mill and later logicians to refer to the attribute or aggregate of attributes connoted by a term, and contrasted with denotation.

    The two expressions "the morning star" and "the evening star" have different connotations but the same denotation (i.e. the planet Venus).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Connotationnoun

    the act of connoting; a making known or designating something additional; implication of something more than is asserted

    Etymology: [Cf. F. connotation.]

Freebase

  1. Connotation

    A connotation is a commonly understood cultural or emotional association that some word or phrase carries, in addition to the word's or phrase's explicit or literal meaning, which is its denotation. A connotation is frequently described as either positive or negative, with regards to its pleasing or displeasing emotional connection. For example, a stubborn person may be described as being either strong-willed or pig-headed; although these have the same literal meaning, strong-willed connotes admiration for the level of someone's will, while pig-headed connotes frustration in dealing with someone.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of connotation in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of connotation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of connotation in a Sentence

  1. Socialist Party head Jean-Christophe Cambadelis:

    It's got a certain connotation, this attack is slightly xenophobic, I believe.

  2. Vladan Kuzmanovic:

    The avant-garde is a connotation, every act here is a connotative value. The whole series of avant-garde movements do not signify, and yet their concepts are reconnotation.

  3. Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell:

    I noticed an actor and her husband on [a recent cover of a celebrity tabloid] that said In Couples' Therapy! The clear message is, 'Oh, their marriage is ending.' There's such a negative connotation, in my previous relationship, we went to couples' therapy at the end, and that's often too late. You can't go after nine years and start figuring out what patterns you're in.

  4. National Park Service:

    With this particular flag, the connotation is that because it represents the Confederacy that fought on the side of succession and slavery it can be viewed as a racist symbol.

  5. Lois Greenfield:

    He was basically juxtaposing pictures that seemed to tell a story when put side by side, either one dancer's movement led into the other picture or maybe there was a relationship between the dancers' shapes. ... He had a design strategy of pairing images that became very exciting, because the connotation of (one) picture could be expanded by the juxtaposition to another picture.

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    pleasing in appearance especially by reason of conformity to ideals of form and proportion
    • A. busy
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    • C. handsome
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